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Nigeria’s corporate existence rests on justice, security, says ECWA

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Reverend Stephen Baba Panya

“The increasing number of ethnic nationalities and regions openly agitating for self-determination as sovereign states is a clear pointer to how susceptible Nigeria is to the centrifugal forces of religion, ethnicity and regionalism. This is so with the seeming inability of the Federal Government to deal decisively with the heightened insecurity across the country and the massive occupation of ungoverned spaces by criminals.”

The above was the submission of President of Evangelical Church of Winning All (ECWA), Reverend Stephen Baba Panya, during a press briefing at the ministry’s headquarters in Jos while addressing the nation’s deteriorating security situation and other major issues.

According to Panya, non-state actors have taken the centre- stage in a bid to protect their people from murderous criminals while also exploiting the situation to pursue their quest for independence.

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He said the debilitating impact of insecurity and COVID- 19 pandemic was compounding the already depressed economy.

The cleric said: “As it is now, farmers are no longer able to go to farm due to insecurity, while the rate of unemployment, especially youth unemployment, is on the increase.

“Considering that agriculture is the main stay of the economy in terms of employment and strategic contribution to the general well-being of citizens and the fact that unemployment fuels greater insecurity as many of the jobless youth resort to criminality, Nigeria is not safe.”

He predicted that the most populous black nation would continue to experience a vicious cycle of insecurity and remain in the cauldron if the challenges are not addressed.

Panya added: “Boko Haram and ISWAP have destroyed tens of thousands of lives and displaced hundreds of thousands of Nigerians. It is unfortunate that many Christians and Christian communities have been deliberately targeted and destroyed. It is clear these terrorist groups are gradually but tactically expanding their activities and making incursions into other parts of the North and even beyond. The apparent lack of unity in the fight against these terrorist groups and inability of government to deal decisively with them within the shortest possible time have emboldened them to do more havoc.”

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